Charity and the tax code
Since, Jackson’s population has dropped by nearly four percent, in large part because of quality of life issues.
This year, state lawmakers could help stem that flight by giving residents in the capital city a tool that would help them address those issues head on.
The 2019 legislative session began this week, and we are urging lawmakers to support community improvement district (CID) legislation.
The concept is simple. With CIDs, neighborhoods would be able to petition the city to form special districts, and then tax themselves to pay for improvements specifically within their district.
The funds could be used for anything from hiring private security to filling potholes and planting flowers in public spaces.
In other words, neighbors could tackle head-on some of the major issues facing Jackson – crime, urban blight and decaying infrastructure.
With Jackson losing nearly 6,800 people in the last nine years, now is the time to act. Atlanta neighborhoods have used this mechanism with great success to revitalize urban neighborhoods.
All five of Jackson’s senators are on board with the legislation, as is the Jackson City Council.
Perhaps the biggest impediment to the passage of the CID legislation is Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves. Reeves has killed the bill the last four years, in part, because he considers it a tax.
Reeves announced last week that he was seeking the Republican nomination for governor. He said in his speech that he wants to help preserve Mississippi’s way of life.
There’s no better way of doing that than supporting a bill that would help Jackson residents better protect theirs.